Manny Jacinto has joined the cast of 'Top Gun: Maverick'.

Manny Jacinto

Manny Jacinto

The 31-year-old actor - who has recently appeared opposite 'Frozen' actress Kristen Bell in 'The Good Place' - has signed on the dotted line to appear in Paramount's 'Top Gun' sequel as a fighter pilot named Fritz, according to Deadline.

Jacinto joins an all-star cast that includes Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, Monica Barbaro, Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Ed Harris and Jon Hamm.

The sequel is set 34 years after the original hit the big screen and will focus on modern drone warfare and explore the end of the dogfighting era.

Cruise and Kilmer are back as their characters from the original, Maverick and Iceman, whilst Teller is to play the son of Goose - Maverick's wingman who was played by Anthony Edwards in the original movie.

Joseph Kosinski is on board to direct and has teased that the plot will focus on Maverick's service in the modern military.

He said: "The navy is very different now than it was in 1986. Back then, they hadn't been in any war for 15 or 20 years at that point.

"Now, here in 2017, the Navy's been at war for 20 years. It's just a different world now, so you can't remake the first movie. It has to adapt."

'Top Gun: Maverick' was initially scheduled for a July 2019 release, but it was announced this week that the movie has been pushed back by just over 11 months for a June 2020 arrival in theatres.

Paramount Pictures made the decision so the team will have extra time to figure out the logistics of the flight sequences.